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  3. 3. THE SEVENTH SEAL BY JEANETTE AGNES And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Revelation 8: .r. PHILADELPHIA THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY 1920 ( Nt: I L U N ' ç: k I
  4. 4. Çsõ r1oo9 Copyright, 1920, by THE JOHN C. WINSTON Co.
  5. 5. DEDICATED To ALL MEN EVERYWHERE Have we not all one Father? Hath not one God created us? Malachi 2: 10.
  6. 6. PREFACE I deplore any suggestion of cowardice which may attach to my incomplete signature, but for reasons which I may not state, it is fitting that this be published under my given names only. JEANETTE AGNES. $
  8. 8. INTRODUCTION The object of this brief treatise s to explain the spiritual significance of the Levitical Law in connection with the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle, and its relation to the truth that souls are created with distinct male and female capacities and powers: to show that the soul may be at rest and the individual ready for the development of powers which transcend what are termed human possibili- ties when the man and woman possessing the dual expressions of the same soul have been united in the one perfect love relation: That it is possible when spiritual discernment has been sufficiently developed, to know without error the complement of one's own soul: that the Bible teaches that the law of the creative life energy, operating through the physical sex of soul complements, is, through the power of its spiritual reality, the way of the refinement and spiritualization of the matter of which our bodies are composedthe way of emancipation from want, sickness, and all imperfections of the human race; in truth, the way of eternal life without the body's passing through what we call death: that 9
  9. 9. I NTRODTJCTION concerning this is the mysterythe hidden power in the meaning of the Holy Name the Lost Word which has been sought through the ages: that both prevailing beliefs in regard to matter must be altered before we can be liberated from the bondage of materi- ality; and briefly to indicate the kind of spiritual development necessary thus to at- tain to the Kingdom. The statements made herein as truth, it is needless to say, are my convictions of truth, founded upon experience, thought, study, or the testimony within me of the Spirit of Truth Itself, which Jesus promised should be given to lead us into all truth. I readily grant that the claims made are extraordinary, and I have reason to believe there may be noble souls who, upon first impression, will think my message not a worthy one; but being convinced beyond all doubt that these are the significant facts underlying 'Biblical symbol and allegory, and realizing the inestimable value in every way to the human family of a right understanding of God's plan for happiness, and the con- tinuity of life, and the reason why these never can be found until men seek the Lord JO
  10. 10. INTRODUCTION with the whole heart, you may appreciate something of the urge which has impelled me to speak; indeed, which will grant me no rest until I have spoken, even at the risk of any and all kinds of criticism in regard to my sanity, my motives and my personal character; and I would ask of every reader, if these be not worthy objects which I thus wish to further, what then shall we say con- stitutes worth? Nor can I heed the admonitions, though all so kindly meant, of any who would stay me from my task, even though I should incur the disrespect of those from whom respect would be most valued, for the dreariest out- look can in no wise excuse one for shirking what he clearly sees to be his duty and op- portunity for service. Know then, my friends, when in "The Way of Attainment" I urge you always to follow the highest light you haveknow then where it may lead you; know what deter - mination to do the right under any and all circumstances it may demand of you. But follow it, alone if need be, "O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till the night is gone." There is no other way. 11
  11. 11. CHAPTER I WHAT SHALL WE SAY OF MATTER? Sthe truth set forth in the following pages is concerned with the fact that not only is matter real, but that contrary to accepted belief, it is a part of God Himself, I wish to direct attention briefly to this subject at the outset. Both of the current beliefs, on the one hand that matter is nothing; on the other hand, that it is a thing apart from God, lead to confusion and errors in living, because of the fact that they give rise to the belief that some part of our being may exist apart from a spiritual reality. We hear it commonly said that God ani- mates matter, that God is 'in matter, but this presupposes that God and matter are two wholly different things. I say matter is a part of GodGod's body, so to speak, for if matter is no part of God, then God is not all; hence not God. It is evident that matter is essential as a medium through 13
  12. 12. THE SEVENTH SEAL which God may manifest his life. If matter did not exist, there could be no expression of God's life; but if God needs matter through which to manifest his life, and must go out- side of Himself to have it supplied from some other source, then God is not complete; He must acknowledge obligations to another power; therefore He would not be God. That would be as if God had the executive ability to organize and conduct a business, but did not have the necessary capital to invest, and must seek a partner. I speak neither facetiously nor irreverently. The cases are parallel. Because all forms of matter are reducible to one universal substance, and into such form as to be invisible to the physical eye, does not mean that matter can be destroyed, as some are so ready to state, and that in the name of science. When we place a piece of ice in a pan, and apply safficient heat to turn it first to water and eventually to vapor which will float over our heads, we have not destroyed the matter of which the ice was composed, although we have transformed this substance from a state of density in which it was heavier than air, and by the law of 14
  13. 13. WHAT SHALL WE SAY gravitation would fall to the floor if released from the hand, to a rarifled state in which it was lighter than air and would rise instead of fall. No physicist would think of saying that when a piece of iron has been reduced to the gaseous state, the material of which the metal was composed before the law of molecular attraction was overcome by heat, has been destroyed; and it is no more reasonable for him to say that matter can be destroyed because it can be transformed into a state of rarity and vibratory activity beyond the domain of physical science alone to detect and study. If perchance the ultra-idealist, who will tell you that matter is not real, but merely a mode of thinking, has in mind the wonderful facts of the transformation of matter, he should make this clear, for even reducing it to a point of strain between the negative and positive particles of electricity does not make it unreal. If we contend that a thing is unreal merely because we cannot see it in all its manifestations, we may as well say Spirit is unreal. No one will dispute the fact that organized forms of matter are not 15
  14. 14. THE SEVENTH SEAL permanent, but when we speak of matter, we rightly mean the atom or electron, or the infinitesimal divisions into which this may yet be said to be divided. All this apparently unintelligent substance serves us, and is a certain manifestation of God. Our clothes, our food, our houses, the air we breathe and the earth under our feet is God, as well as our mind and Spirit, and our emotions of love and joy. And thus it becomes literally true that "in Him we live and move and have our being." It is not sufficient to say that God is in matter. It is either a question of God and matter, co- existent, eternal, or God as matter. If it is a case of God and matter, God is not all. There is no evading this fact for anyone who is willing to give the truth right of way against preconceived ideas. Of course to those who have nestled in some form of belief from which they would not be dis- turbed at any cost, and hence are not willing to meet the issue squarely with themselves, there is as yet no means of appeal, but time and experience, though it should require an- other incarnation to accomplish it, will result in the necessary mental honesty. 16
  15. 15. WHAT SHALL WE SAY I grant this view of matter is one for which we have not the customary proof or conclusive form of statement, yet which we know by this process of reasoning must be true; as for instance, the value of the decimal state- ment of the quotient of 10 divided by 3. By any rule of mathematics with which we are now familiar, the quotient will be 3.3333 on into infinity. We cannot arrive at an exact statement of the value in this form. Nevertheless we know by a certain course of reasoning that the value is . And so I say there are some things which, from the very nature of the case, we know to be true, al- though we may not be able to demonstrate the fact according to customary methods. Even yet the existence of ether is not a demonstrated fact. I say this on the authority of one of the prominent scientists of our country. He told me they simply assume that such a medium exists, because an in- telligent and satisfactory explanation of the phenomena of nature reqwires that such a medium should exist. This, then, is a per- fectly logical conclusion to which no one need object, and while it is obliged to acknowl- edge kinship to the processes of faith and 1 7
  16. 16. THE SEVENTH SEAL intuition (however disconcerting this may be to the materialistic scientist), it also satisfies our reason. The foregoing arithmetical analogy was employed by the scientist of whom I speak, in this same conversation, but it applies with as much force to the belief that matter is one manifestation of the Absolute as it does to the belief in the existcnce of ether, which scientists find themselves obliged to accept though not demonstrated by so-called scien- tific methods. Therefore, I say in words the most untaught may understand, and the erudite cannot gainsayMatter is a part of God because there is nothing else for it to be if God is all. The following excerpt from a lecture on "The Ether and Its Functions", by Sir Oliver Lodge, makes it easier, I think, to formulate a conception of how this might be true, and brings us to the threshold of the full realization: "I have endeavored to introduce to you the simplest conception of the material uni- verse which has yet occurred to manthat is of one universal substance perfectly homo- geneous and continuous and simple of struc- ture, extending to the farthest limits of space 18
  17. 17. WHAT SHALL WE SAY of which we have any knowledge, existing equally everywhere, some portions either at rest or in simple, irrational motion, trans- mitting the undulations which we call light; other portions in rotational motionin vor- tices, that is, and differentiated permanently from the rest of the medium by reason of this motion. These whirling portions constitute what we call matter; their motion gives them rigidity, and of them our bodies and all other bodies are built upone continuous substance filling, all space, which can vibrate as light, which can be sheared off into positive and negative electricity, which in whirls con- stitutes matter, and which transmits by con- tinuity and not by impact every action and reaction of which matter is capable." We believe that God is all, but we cannot harmonize this belief with evident fact, and still ignore the existence of matterthe very thing we find necessary for the expression of the life of Godbut rather by including it with the power and usefulness belonging to it, in God. And since this is true, it should be lifted up and spiritualized, as we shall see more clearly from the succeeding chapters. 19
  18. 18. CHAPTER II THE LOST WORD j N explaining the hidden meaning of the I Holy Name, I shall quote at some length from "Bible Mystery and Bible Meaning", by the late Judge T. Troward, for to him we are indebted for the clue to the secret power of the Lost Word. To me it was given to know the interpretation of the mystery of the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle, but I should not have known that this coincided with the secret power of the Holy Name except for the author's accurate work in interpreting the meaning of the Hebrew letters composing the word "YEVE" (JEHOVAH). "A point that can hardly fail to strike the Bible student is the frequency with which we are directed to the Name of the Lord, as the source of strength and protection, instead of to God Himself, and the steady uniformity of this practice, both in the Old and New Testaments, clearly indicates the intention 20
  19. 19. THE LOST WORD to put us upon some special line of inquiry with regard to the Sacred Name. Not only is this suggested by the frequency of the expression, but the Bible gives a very remark- able instance which shows that the Sacred Name must be considered as a formula con- taining a summary of all Wisdom. The Master tells us that the Queen of the South came to hear the wisdom of Solo- mon, and if we turn to I Kings X: 1, we find that the fame of Solomon's wisdom, which induced the Queen of Sheba to come to prove him with hard questions was 'concerning the Name of the Lord.' This accords with the immemorial tradition of the Jews that the knowledge of the secret name of God en- ables him who possesses it to .perform the most stupendous miracles. This Hidden Name -the 'Schem-hammaphoraseh 'was revealed, they say, to Moses and taught by him to Aaron and handed on by him to his successors; it was the secret enshrined in the Holy of Holies, and was scrupulously guarded by the successive High Priests; it is the su- preme secret, and its knowledge is the supreme object of attainment; thus tradition and Scripture alike point to 'The NAME' as 21
  20. 20. THE SEVENTH SEAL the source of Light and Life, and deliverance from all evil. "May we not therefore suppose that this must be the veiled statement of some great Truth? The purpose of a name is to call up, by a single word, the complete idea of the thing named, with all those qualities and relations that make it what it is, instead of having to describe all this in detail every time we want to suggest the conception of it. The correct name of a thing thus conveys the idea of its whole nature, and accordingly the correct Name of God should, in some manner, be a concise statement of the Divine Nature as the Source of all Life, Wisdom, Power, and Goodness and the Origin of all manifested being." To summarize the explanation which the author gives of the Hebrew Name of God, "YEVE ", which in English is "JEHOVAH", he shows by successive, careful steps the meaning of each part of the word. This is found to be Essential Life and Derived Life, standing in the relation of masculine to femi- nine, Y indicating Essential Life, while the second part of the NameEVE----indicates Derived Feminine Life. Now we see the 22
  21. 21. THE LOST WORD expression of this masculine and feminine life to be combined in one name, therefore we are wholly within the truth when speaking of the one named as TWO IN ONE. The author also gives a further explanation of the word by which God's triune nature is seen to be expressed, but we have long been familiar with the thought of the Trinity. We think of God as ONE and as THREE IN ONE, but we have not yet realized the fact that God is also TWO IN ONE, and herein lies "the mystery of God ". TWO IN ONE may then be said to be the physical form of the Holy Name which expresses its general nature and power, and which may be passed from lip to lip; but its vital powerits spiritual realityor let us say, its soul, as far transcends its physical expression as our Spirits transcend in glory our physical bodies, and may not thus be freely spoken of, but must be realized by each one as he is guided into this truth by the Spirit. With this light on the derivation of the Hoiy Name, which, as we shall see later, shows it to corroborate the revelation of the mean- ing of the imagery of the Tabernacle, and the ordinances concerning it, ascribed to 23
  22. 22. THE SEVENTH SEAL Moses, we now get the full force of Exodus 34:5. "And the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of the Lord." But even with this analysis of the meaning of the letters composing the Sacred Name, it remains simply a formula, and we con- tinually overlook its practical application, and the availability of its power to really accom- plish the miraculous results for human-kind without the correct solution of the symbology of the Tabernacle. This power is said to be the secret enshrined in the Holy of Holies", and the way in which the NAME is in- separably connected with the altar, the ark of the covenant, the cherubims, etc., furnishes proof of the truth of this statement. The explanation of the symbology of the Holy of Holies and its furnishings, which shows wherein the power of the NAME con- sists, and how this power may really touch our lives on the three planes of our existence, transforming the race of men into something more than men, will be seen by careful, un- prejudiced study of the following three chapters. 24
  23. 23. CHAPTER III "THINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN KEPT SECRET FROM THE FOUNDATION OF' THE WoRLD." Matt. 13:35. "The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him." Hab. 2:20. IT is a well-known fact that the Taber- nacle in the Wilderness and Solomon's Temple typified the physical body of man. Jesus emphasized this symbol by inverting it, and calling his body the Temple, and similar references to our physical bodies as the temple of God are frequent throughout the New Testament. But these figure have not been generally comprehended at their full value. The significance of the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle has been over- looked. Concerning this is "the mystery of God "(Rev. 10:7), "the mystery of Christ" (Col. 4:3), "the mystery which was kept secret since the world began" (Rom. 16:25), the things concerning which Moses gave testi- 25
  24. 24. THE SEVENTH SEAL mony "which were to be spoken after" (Heb. 3:5). Within the Holy of Holies we are told was put the ark of the covenant, or the ark of the testimony, whereupon was placed the mercy seat, which was overshadowed by the cherubims. The golden altar of incense was before the vail of the Holy of Holies. Com- plete accounts of the construction of the Tabernacle, with its laws and ordinances, are given in Exodus and Leviticus, but I would direct attention to Exodus 25:1-22 and to Leviticus 16:1-13, which furnish data for further study and comparison of references. Naturally the symbology could not afford an exact counterbalance throughout, and still permit the erection of a usable, material structure for the Tabernacle, but a thorough study of the references relating to this subject throughout all parts of the Bible clearly shows what a superficial glance does not revealthat the truth taught by the Holy of Holies, its furnishings and ordinances, the office of the high priest, the promises con- nected with the ark of the covenant and related references is that there is but one true mate for each soul; that the way out of 26
  25. 25. THINGS KEPT SECRET human limitationfrom man to super-man- the way of eternal life of the body in youth and health, with its increasing refinement and rarification, is through the office of sex of such two individuals after their lives have become sufficiently spiritual by setting God first before their eyes, and by loving all humanity so much that by the natural work- ing of the Law of Life they are reunited in a love so divinely pure and strong that it sees naught but God in all his handiwork. The ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, the cherubims, etc., have reference to the female genitals; the altar of incense, the censer, etc. to those of the male. The cheru.bims are the labia majora: the censer is the phallus. The details of the analogy become apparent from the inter-relation. Aaron, the high priest, represents the male complement, who alone is permitted access to the Holy of Holies. Aaron's two sons (symbolical of his ideas or thoughts, hence of his resultant capacities or tendencies) Eleazar and Ithamar, who were to offer sacrifice continually with Aaron, typify by their names the qualities of pure love and spiritual understanding which Aaron must possess. 27
  26. 26. THE SEVENTH SEAL The sons of Aaron who were slain because they offered false fire upon the altar (Lev. 10:1-3) signify lack of seff control, and a low understanding that grasps only the material phase of the sacrifice. These qualities must be slain in every man before he can become a high priest in this sense, which is "after the order of Meichizedek", who was said to be the priest of the Most High God long before there was any Jewish Liturgy in exist- ence. The very meagre reference to Meichizedek in the Bible makes it difficult for us to learn much about him, but it is recorded that he met Abraham when he was returning from the slaughter of the kings who had carried away Lot, and administered to him bread and wine, symbolical of the understanding of the Spirit, and of matter. We are also told that he was king of Salem, which is interpreted in the text as"King of Peace". While thiswould be true, this is not the first meaning of the word "Salem ", which comes from a word meaning whole. Therefore we can judge that Meichizedek was one who possessed wholeness in its full significance by being in possession of the truth in regard to Spirit and matter, 28
  27. 27. THINGS KEPT SECRET and related facts. Again, in the seventh chapter of Hebrews we read that Meichize- dek's priesthood was a continual priesthood; that he was without "beginning of days" or "end of life ", which corresponds to the truth with respect to the soul complement, which always has been and always will be the one to stand in the relation of high priest toward its true spiritual mate. To those who may be inclined to treat lightly the idea that there exists a comple- ment for every soul, let me say that this is no idle fancy adapted to satisfy the caprice of the giddy or frivolous, for one must be truly spiritual in his desires, and willing to give up anything that stands in the way of his finding God and doing the right before it is in his power to know the complement of his own soul, and the one of whom this is true will not be neglectful of duty nor incon- siderate of others. This truth is the significance of the allegory related in Gen. 2: 18-25. The incomplete- ness of the man without the woman is indi- cated by the woman's having been formed of a portion of the substance of the man's body, which it must be admitted is a very good 29
  28. 28. THE SEVENTH SEAL figurative version of the biological facts re- ferred to in Chapter V. Thus we see the thought expressed is that neither is complete without the other, the two being required for an integral being. Again, this is plainly taught by Jesus' words to the Pharisees (Matt. 19 and Mark 10), the meaning of which has been entirely overlooked because of a wrong interpretation put upon his answer to the Sadducees (Matt. 22 and Mark 12). The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection; therefore it is plain that their question was not asked with the honest purpose of securing information, but rather with the design to entangle Jesus by suggesting a situation which, as they thought, would necessarily arise in the event of a life after death, in such cases as that of the woman who had had seven husbands, which imaginary dilemma they evidently considered as conclusive proof that there could be no resurrection of the dead. But Jesus silenced this childish argument by let- ting them know that the institution of the cosmos is not governed by finite laws and customs, and told them plainly that "in heaven they neither marry nor are g'iven in 30
  29. 29. THINGS KEPT SECRET marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." But these words, which have been so narrowly construed, fall far short of saying that no true love relation can exist or be formed in heaven. They were only intended to cover the particular aspect of the subject of marriage with which the question of the Sadducees was concerned, and their force was directed to correct the impression that the conditions of earth must necessarily ob- tain in heaven, hence the plain statement that "in heaven they neither marry nor are given in marriage." But what we do have a right to infer from them (far from saying that there is no marriage in heaven) is that in the spiritual state existing in heaven, cere- monies and man-made laws are not necessary, but that this law of God which created them male and female in "the beginning of the creation", will adjust the true marriage. The probabilities are that no one of the seven brothers who had as wife the woman in question was her real husband, but that in heaven, provided she has mastered life's lesons of love sufficiently, she would be united with her true mate. Otherwise, she would have to begin there just where she left 31
  30. 30. THE SEVENTH SEAL off here and learn to love everyone and to forgive everyone before her spiritual powers would be sufficiently quickened for her to recognize her true mate. That souls are created male and female is too plain for controversy from the references cited in Matthew and Mark. In the account in Mark Jesus says, in speaking of the bill of divorcement, "For the hardness of your heart he (Moses) wrote you this precept, but from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together let not man put asunder." By careful reading the context shows that it was against the principle of the separation of what had been joined from the beginning of the creation to which Jesus particularly re- ferred, for while he expressed no disapprovalof Moses' granting them the privilege of divorce under certain conditions, the restrictions and limitations of which were designed to pro- mote, on the whole, the highest development of humanity while it had not yet attained a 32
  31. 31. THINGS KEPT SECRET sufficiently quickened spiritual consciousness for it to be possible for each to know his own true companion, yet he says, "But from the beg'inning of the creation God niade them male and female," and implies that God joined particular male and female creations, for he adds, "What therefore God hath joined to- gether let not man put asunder" although he had just previously signified his approval of Moses' action in allowing certain ones to be put asunder under the then existing state of enlightenment of mankind. Now the force of this argument certainly would not fit the circumstances of ordinary life and marriage, because we know that God never joined "from the beginning of the creation" any two individuals united simply by an accepted marriage ceremony of this or any other age. Legal marriage ceremonies are being performed daily, but how could any of these be said to date "from the beginning of the creation"? Hence it is plain that the only male and female which could have been joined from the beginning would be those whom Jesus said God joined; in other words dual parts of the same soul. This establishes the fact that this mas- 33
  32. 32. THE SEVENTH SEAL culine and feminine duality in unity is true between souls of individuals the same as it is true in the nature of each soul, and as we see by the meaning of the Holy Name, and observe in all forms of life, in the nature of God Himself. But since souls were created in the image of God, every completed (re- deemed) soul must represent an individual- ized part of God, or the power of Two In One. Now it cannot be argued that this condition is wholly met in the male or female individual alone, else why male and female bodies instead of a uniform type of body among human beings, representing both elements? for our souls most certainly deter- mine the form of our bodies. Someone may say, "You have just said that each individual soul 'is masculine and feminine in nature; then why does not this satisfy the condition of a completed soul, created in the image of God, who is TWO IN ONE?" My answer is that although there is a measure of masculine capacity in woman and feminine capacity in man, these powers are not present in each in such pro- portion or manner as to constitute a com- pleted individual, capable alone of reproduc- 34
  33. 33. THINGS KEPT SECRET tion, or of perfect equilibrium (rest and happiness), and evolution from man to super- man. The feminine capacity in the soul of man is manifested in his body, in one par- ticular, in the rudimentary male breast, but this cannot function. On the other hand, we know that the female breast could not function except through the intervention of masculine capacity. Now the soul capacity of individual man and woman is not com- plete unto itself any more than the individual bodies, but the perfected power of a com- pleted soul created in the image of God the power of the Two In Onerests only with true spiritual mates who have been willing to get so close to God that He has joined them again in eternal benediction, his overshadowing Spirit giving power to the umion of their souls and bodies. Jesus was indeed a mediator between God and man in the sense of teaching man that God is not some power apart, to whom offer- ings in. a temple of wood or stone should be made as from an individual to a God who is distinct and separate from himself, but that man's body is the temple of the Living God, and the power of his teaching is destined 35
  34. 34. THE SEVENTH SEAL sooner or later to uplift all mankind to where they can understand the mystery of the Holy of Holies of this temple of the body, and offer acceptable sacrifices therein. The wisdom and efficacy of God's plan of creation and redemption of mankind is thus clearly seen in the endowment of the spiritual and physical faculties of which none are devoidthe desire for love and companion- ship (completion) that is within every soul; and its material concomitant, the cognizance of the presence of the Creative Life Energy in the physical body, the correct under- standing of which will eventually, in one incarnation or another, cause every prodigal son to come to himself and say, "I will arise and go to my Father." 36
  35. 35. CHAPTER IV SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES "Unto the pure all things are pure." Titus 1:15. THERE may be some who will feel after having studied the passages cited and related references that this is not sufficient to establish the correctness of the inter- pretation which I have given of the Holy of Holies. Of such I would kindly ask not to form a hasty conclusion, but reserve any adverse opinion until you have read not only all of this volume, but the Bible itself from Genesis to Revelation with this interpre- tation in mind. I believe if you are honest with yourself, and are not hopelessly fettered by literalism, you will then agree with me that the purpose of the Bible is not simply to prepare us for death, but to bring us into our divine heritage with all that means here and now; to cause us to feel one with God at heart, and to bring us into possession of 37
  36. 36. THE SEVENTH SEAL the paradise (not necessarily in a far away heaven but begun on earth made into heaven) which God has prepared for every soul when it is able to receive it by being made perfect in love, seeing God in all, and in this purity of thought putting away entirely from the life anything in which God may not be a sharer; and that the presentation of these truths which I am telling you in regard to the Holy of Holies and the Holy Name con- stitutes the substratum of the whole Bible. This is the key to the proper interpretation of the Old Testament (and with this the New Testament is inseparably connected), as it is evident that its ethical value consists not in its biography, for the most part, nor in its history, the high points of which are woven into this marvelous collection of allegories, employed by the Old Testament writers or compilers as the parables were by Jesus, but in the deeper truth intended to be set forth in this manner, and in the cry of the prophets in the same figurative speech for the recog- nition of this truth, calling attention to the sufering and privation of all kinds (char- acterized as the "wrath of God"), which exist in the world because of mankind's lack 38
  37. 37. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES of knowledge of this truth, their blindness to the fact that God is all, and their neglect of the commandment: "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." It is written as though all that is recorded had taken place, but the truth is that while much of it did indeed take place, these incidents were used in the grand scheme of presenting to an awakening world the eternal verities of Goda story told to children, as it were, to point a moraland instead of the law's having passed away, it has never yet been understood by the world in its true significance. All this is not apparent, and we miss the value if we insist upon taking a literal inter- pretation, and disregard the fact that the purpose is to present in this form the simple truth concerning God and man and life; and that certain principles, capacities, qualities, and a record of the spiritual evolution of every individual and of mankind in general is represented by certain characters and incidents in their histories. We find it to be a repetition of the presentation of the same truths set forth in seeming historical record, and the fact that we know some of it to be 39
  38. 38. THE SEVENTH SEAL accurate history, has constituted the blind to its deeper meaning, because history and allegory are so interwoven. But when we get the clue to its real purpose and its figurative style, we can see in it so plainly the evidences of a Supreme Wisdom that gave it to an undeveloped race in the form of sufficient fact admixed with the Eternal Truth itself to keep us digging through the clay and gravel while our spiritual senses were maturing to a point where we could appre- ciate the value of the truth in its purity when the subsoil should be reached, that we can- not avoid the conviction that the Bible has been preserved for us by an Over-ruling Love to teach the world a happier truth than it has ever dreamed, and because it is taught in the form of parable or myth in no wise detracts from its spiritual value. St. Paul makes the definite statement that he regards the historical incidents of Abra- ham's life as allegorical. He says (Gal. 4:22- 24): "For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman was by promise. Which 40
  39. 39. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES things are an allegory." The statement is plain and incontrovertible. In the revised version of 1881 the translators have made this read, "Which things contaii an allegory." This is taking great liberty, and clouds the real meaning, for consulting the original text, we find the verb which they have translated "contain" is the present indicative of the verb "to be" and simply means "is". While the King James version puts this verb in the plural to obtain a smooth translation, it preserves the meaning perfectly. The word which is translated "allegory" in both cases is the declined form of the participle from the verb meaning "to allegorize" or "to speak allegorically". This is correctly used as a noun the same as the participle in English, so that an awkward rendering of the clause, but one which gives the true meaning would be, "Which is allegorizing" or "Which is (a) speaking allegorically. And if the account be allegorical in this case, why not in most of the Old Testament history? The fact that the writers chose to use actual happenings in some instances, makes the narrative no less allegorical in the mai Nor does this in any measure lessen 41
  40. 40. THE SEVENTH SEAL its spiritual vlue, but rather heightens it, for anyone who claims he can receive inspira- tion or uplift from a perusal of the greater part of the Old Testament history and biog- raphy, accepted literally, has certainly not advanced very far in the true Christian spirit. And here let it be said that we are all too ready to reject, as containing no principle of truth, the myths and legends of other nations, overlooking the fact that some of the most valuable lessons of our own Bible are pre- sented in the same manner. We know when Jesus said, "Behold a sower went forth to sow" he did not intend us to believe that he was relating an actual fact in regard to a farmer sowing his wheat or oats. This is as truly a myth as any, and yet we see its pro- found meaning from the interpretation which Jesus gave his disciples later. The truth concerning God and man and nature is truth no matter in what way it may be presented. Different races and nations have different ways of expressing the same truth, but the Pharisees of every age are willing to reject the truth if presented to them through any other channel than the 42
  41. 41. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES narrow grooves in which their minds have worked till they have all but lost the power of independent thought. If we regard all legend as containing no expression of truth, what shall we say of the 31st verse of the 38th Chapter of Job? "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?" A certain legend in con- nection with these two constellations has reference to this same mystery of God. Doubtless these myths and traditions were nct, in their inception, intended to be under- stood to relate actual facts any more than the parables of our own Bible were so in- tended, but were merely made the vehicles of some phase of the simple truth concerning life, realized in ancient times by the spiritual teachers of the different nations, and clothed in this form to be kept alive and handed down from age to age. How the real truth in- volved could easily have become distorted, because only partially comprehended, and made the ground for abhorrent practices of later spiritually undeveloped adherents of certain forms of belief, can be readily under- stood by the record of the inhuman crimes included in the history of the growth and 43
  42. 42. THE SEVENTH SEAL development of Christianity; the Inquisi- tion, for instance; the Salem Witchcraft; all religious persecution, in fact, not to mention modern inconsistencies parading under the name of Christ Jesus and his teaching. We do not think of accusing Jesus of advocating this standard of conduct because certain ones professing to follow him were guilty of such unchristian acts. No more can we with certainty accuse the ancient teachers of other nations of degeneracy and folly because their followers, even including the priesthood, per- haps failed to comprehend the spirit and meaning of their teaching. And it must also be remembered that Christianity being the latest religion, humanity as a whole was naturally at a higher level when it was es- tablished than when the more ancient re- ligions were founded, for as time goes on the world becomes more capable of com- prehending and practising higher truth. "That both the Assyrian and the Egyptian worship had a solid basis of truth is a fact to which the Bible itself bears this remark- able testimony 'In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land; 44
  43. 43. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES whom the Lord of Hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine Inheritance' (Isaiah xix. 24)." Know this, that truth is eternal. Jesus did not make truth, he taught it, and the wisdom of the Sages and the Wise Men of the East was no less wisdom because it existed in the world before Jesus' day. The truth ascribed to Moses, that had been given to the world centuries before Jesus' time, was comprehended by some great soul before Jesus came to interpret and re-establish it. For however or whenever the Levitical law came into existence, we know that Jesus knew the esoteric meaning of the outward form, and referred to 'this when he said that he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it, and that one jot or tittle would not pass away until all be fulfilled; because the letter of the law was being fulfilled every day, and his whole life and teaching contradicted the idea of there being any efficacy in the ritual- istic ceremony. The truth to which Jesus himself tells us that he came to bear witness unto was the Eternal Truth that was already in the world independent of his emphasizing 45
  44. 44. THE SEVENTH SEAL it, and independent of any organized body of believers called "Christians"; and until men are broad enough and honest enough to acknowledge truth in whatever form it ap- pears, they are only defrauding themselves by setting limits for their own advancement. From the study of the following references and related texts, which can be traced in any good reference Bible, certain truths will be found to be set forth as clearly as is possible to be done by means of an institution which was both esoteric and exoteric. A systematic study of the whole Bible from this point of view would of course be more satisfactory, but we may form some idea of the far-reach- ing importance of the underlying truth typi- fied by the Tabernacle and its ordinances from some few texts bearing directly on the subject. It will be noticed by anyone studying the matter carefully that we have a rough outline of this truth (in symbolical terms, of course) included in the first three chapters of Genesis, carrying us forward to the present state of the race, where it must remain until the "mystery of God" has been made known and the "Son of Man revealed"; that is, 46
  45. 45. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES excluded from the Garden of Eden,. with the curse of hard labor to win his bread resting on the man, and sorrow and painful child- birth on the woman, until they "return unto the ground "turn their attention to matter learn what it is, conquer it, give it rightful recognition in the universal economy, and thus transform matter itself, until it ceases to be the heavy burden it now is, and our bodies becoming more rarified, absorb their needed nourishment from the air, doing away with the necessity of bread earned by toil; this latter being the truth symbolized by the pot of manna put into the ark of the covenant (Ex. 16:33-34 and Heb. 9:4). Beginning with the 4th chapter of Genesis, it takes up the more lengthy task of develop- ing the outline, giving repeated instances to emphasize the same truths under different circumstances. In this way we get a number of persons and places referring to the same general principle or thing, and we find the same truths set forth in greater detail as we proceed. For instance, Assyria, Egypt and Israel symbolize everywhere throughout the Bible the physical, mental and spiritual respectively; but other things also sym- 47
  46. 46. THE SEVENTH SEAL bolize these same capacities or conditions. However, the reverse is not truethat a symbol signifies more than one thing except in the sense of a modification, enlargement or derivation from the one original idea. An example of this is water, which embraces the psychical realm, including mind, understand- ing, knowledge, etc. Babylon's significance is equivalent to that of Assyria, and the same is true of Tyre, as well as other places, and the evil associated with each is the evil of separationthat is, lack of unity with the mental and spiritual. But the passage quoted from Is. 19:24 shows that "in that day" (which is now dawning), Assyria, Egypt and Israel are to be made one with God's blessing. To come to the texts referred to, the choice of the whole tribe of the Levites to minister unto Aaron, the High Priest of the House of Levi, and to keep the charge of the Taber- nacle, but not before the tabernacle of witness, the altar, and the vessels of the sanctuary, teaches that no one can expect to be elevated to the office of high priest (be recognized by his true complement) until he is first a Levite (spiritually minded), or that the way 48
  47. 47. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES of attainment toward the office of high priest is through spiritual development, as is seen from the thought in the following references: "And I, behold I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; Because all the first- born are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the Lord" (Num. 3:12-13). "Take the Levites instead of all the first- born among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine; I am the Lord" (Num. 3:45). "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the Sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him" (Ex. 32:26). "And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts. My covenant was with him of life and peace; 49
  48. 48. THE SEVENTH SEAL nd I gave them to him for the fear where- with he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity" (Mal. 2:4-6). The truth that there is but one true mate for each soul is sufficiently evident from Jesus' teaching, and that the figure of Aaron answers to this need hardly be questioned. He stood the highest in privilege and author- ity with reference to the sanctuary. He alone was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies and offer sacrifice within the vail. It was Aaron's rod that budded which was to be laid up before the testimony to take away the murmurings of the children of Israel against Moses (for food and drink), and also that they die not. That is, with Aaron is the power to overcome hunger and death, for we read: And it shall come to pass that the man s rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they niur- ur against you. . . . And it came to pass 50
  49. 49. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded and brought forth buds, and bloomed blos- soms, and yielded almonds. . . . And the Lord said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me that they die not" (Num. 17:5, 8, 10). "And the Lord said unto Aaron, Thou and thy Sons and thy father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniqiity of your priesthood. And thy breth- ren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee; but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness. And they shall keep thy charge and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. . And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel. 51
  50. 50. THE SEVENTH SEAL Therefore thou and thy Sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for everything of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gijt: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death" (Num. 18:1-3, 5, 7). The stranger represents anyone who is not the true complement, and being put to death is intended in the deeper significance to refer to dying just as mankind has always done. The fact that as long as strangers come nigh the sanctuary mankind will continue to die is again emphasized in these words: "And thou shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. . . . But those that encamp before the Tabernacle toward the east, even before the Tabernacle of the Congregation eastward, shall be Moses and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death" (Num. 3:10, 38). This is certainly intended to call our at- tention forcibly to the fact that anyone but 52
  51. 51. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES the true complement has not the power to overcome death. Referring again to "Bible Mystery and Bible Meaning", the author states in the first chapter: "The Bible is the Book of the Emanci. pation of Man. The emancipation of man means his deliverance from sorrow and sick- ness, from poverty, struggle and uncertainty, from ignorance and limitation, and finally from death itself. This may appear to be what the euphuistic colloquialism of the day would call 'tall order', but nevertheless it is impossible to read the Bible with a mind unwarped by antecedent conceptions derived from traditional interpretation without see- ing that this is exactly what it promises, and that it professes to contain the secret whereby this happy condition of perfect liberty may be attained. Jesus says that if a man keeps his saying he shall never see death John 8:51): in the Book of Job we are told that if a man has with him 'a messenger, an interpreter', he shall be delivered from going down to the pit, and shall return to the days of his youth (Job 33:24): the Psalms speak of our renewing our youth (Ps. 103: 5): 53
  52. 52. THE SEVENTH SEAL and yet again we are told in Job that by acquainting ourselves with God we shall be at peace, we shall lay up gold as dust and have plenty of silver, we shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto us (Job 22:21-23). "The first thing to notice is that there is a common element running through the texts I have quoted; they all contain the idea of acquiring certain information, and the prom- ised results are all contingent on our getting this information and using it. Jesus says it depends on our keeping his saying, that is, receiving the information which he had to give and acting upon it. Job says that it depends on rightly interpreting a certain message, and again that it depends on our making ourselves acquainted with some- thing; and the context of the passage in Psalms makes it clear that the deliverance from death and the renewal of youth there promised are to be attained through the 'ways' which the Lord 'made known unto Moses'." It is interesting to note how all of this, though unwittingly on the part of the author, points directly to the information which I 54
  53. 53. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES am telling you lies buried in the symbology of the Pentateuch. Further reference to eternal life we find in Deut. 4:40: "Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.": and in Hosea 13: 14: "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: 0 death, I will be thy plagues; 0 grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes." We also read that this salvation and ever- lasting strength is in the Lord JEHOVAH. The original text must have been strongly emphasized in some way to cause the trans- lators to put the word "Jehovah" in large capitals thus: "Behold God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation" (Is. 12 :2). "Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the 5
  54. 54. THE SEVENTH SEALS Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting trength "(Is. 26:4). This links the power of the Holy Name "YEVE" with the prosperity and eternal life to which our attention has been called, and we also find the NAME of the Lord associated with the symbology of the temple and the ark of the covenant in the following references: "And David arose and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims" (2 Sam. 6:2). "If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence (for thy name is in this house), and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help" (2 Chr. 20: 9). Note the force of Deut. 12:11 in connection with Is. 37:16 "Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings and 56
  55. 55. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES your. sacrifices, your tithes and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto, the Lord." "0 Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwell- est between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth." By Genesis 3:24 we learn that without knowledge of this truth we cannot be granted entrance back into the garden of Eden (free- dom from suffering and limitation), for we are told: "He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way. of the tree of life." That is, this truth being the most unsuspected and the last to be rightly comprehended, would naturally include a right understanding of other related truths necessary to be under- stood, such as the right conception of matter, and a knowledge of the spiritual significance of the relation between male and female. The latter statement is the truth emphasized in Malachi 2:13-15: "And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping 57
  56. 56. THE SEVENTH SEAL and with crying out, insomuch that he re- gardeth not the offering any more, or re- ceiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? (The answer follows.) Because the Lord bath been witness between thee and the zmje of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion and the wife of thy covenant. And did he not make one Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? (Again the answer.) That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth." This passage has been interpreted to mean nothing more than an admonition against divorce or unfaithfulness to any wedded companion, but in the light of the whole truth it seems far more reasonable that "the wife of thy covenant", and "the wife of thy youth" refers, in its deepest significance, to the one joined to the true husband from the beginning, and that this is the information that we were intended eventually to get out of it. As long as we were unaware that there is such a mate, naturally we would not see this meaning in it, and it serves its first 58
  57. 57. SEA.CH THE SCRIPTURES purpose by inculcating the lesson of faith- fulness and kindliness, but this is an example of God's method, through the instrument of the prophet, of opening our eyes to the full truth, through the only means which lifts man from lower to higherthe putting 'into pract'ice the law of conduct nearest to the truth of which he may at any time have knowledge. The question, "And did he not make one?" "And wherefore one?" strongly suggests this; and the answer, "That he might seek a godly seed" is shown to be the means of removing the "curse" mentioned in verses 1-4 of this same chapter: And now, 0 ye priests, this command- ment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart to give glory unto my name saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, be- cause ye do not lay it to heart. (Note the force of that sentence referring to the figurative "wrath of God".) Behold I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. And ye shall know 59
  58. 58. THE SEVENTH SEAL that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts." In other words, all the blessings promised under the covenant (the release from suffering and limitation) can only be possible when the right conditions have been established; that is, when the high priest (who was always of the house of Levi under the ceremonial law) is the only one to offer sacrifices. This is the true monogamy. This is the real science of eugenics. If anyone still doubts the interpretation put upon the sacrifices and offerings, study without prejudice Lev. 21: 16-23. "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or anything superfluous, or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, or crook- backt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy or scabbed, or bath his stones broken; No man that hath a 60
  59. 59. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy. Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the Lord do sanctify them." Why should a priest be denied particularly the privilege to go in unto the vail, or to offer an offering by fire because he was deformed, if this refers to nothing but ceremony and ritual? It should be plain to anyone that this is intended to preclude deformed persons from physical union effective for procreation for the sake of the race. In explanation of certain passages that have a general bearing on the subject, we find that Jacob and Esau represent the spiritual and material powers of man, re- gardless of Jacob's deplorable trickery in many instances;' and the line, "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated" I think to be as inadequately translated as the saying of Jesus that if a man came to him and hated 61
  60. 60. THE SEVENTH SEAL not his mother and father, etc. he could not be his disciple While there is apparently but one meaning given for the verb "miseo ", which is the word used in both the New Testament references, we know it must have had a different significance than our word "hate ", for we know that Jesus never in- tended to teach that we should hate our father or mother or anyone for any cause, since this is the exact antithesis of the spirit of his teaching. In this we have an example of where the "anointing of the Spirit" teaches us better than the written word itself, which is equally true of many other passages which may be taken too literally. There are various instances in Jacob's biog- raphy where the literal record has no moral uplift, but when we remember that it is merely a story to illustrate certain facts, we need not concern ourselves so much with the device used as with the facts it is intended to point out. It was necessary to frame some kind of excuse for Jacob's getting the birth- right although he was slightly younger than Esau, for the truth involved in this instance is that the spiritual powers of man are destined to rule over the material, even though de- 62
  61. 61. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES veloped later, as we have our bodies and physical senses before our spiritual life is awakened. Again, the instance of Jacob's method of increasing the share of the flocks that was to be his, which was as unprin- cipled as actual stealing, is intended to teach the tremendous truth of the effect on phys- ical substance of thought during sexual con- gress. As we follow Jacob's career, we find it to represent the spiritual evolution of an in- dividual toward the realization of the full truth. When he wrestles with the angel, he is struggling with the problem of the right relation of Spirit and matter, which is a corollary to the truth hidden in the meaning of the Holy Name. Then we read of the reconciliation of Jacob and EsauSpirit and matterwith all that this implies. The twelve sons of Jacob, the heads of the tribes of Israel, represent the capacities or powers of an individual in their mental or spiritual, and physical inter-relation. If any- one thinks I am simply making an arbitrary statement to suit my own purpose, then' answer what Jesus meant when he said, "Verily I say unto you that ye which have 63
  62. 62. THE SEVENTH SEAL followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matt. 19:28). Do you think he meant us to accept that literally? He was using symbolical language as he did constantly in his teaching. Of these twelve sons, Joseph refers to the sex function in its purity and spiritual reality. His being sold into Egypt, which symbolizes mental faculty or mind alone, independent of spiritual understanding, represents our blind- ness to the facts in connection with the faculty typified by Joseph on account of our incomplete conception of the truth. Joseph's children, Ephraim and Manasseh, represent the same thing only more specifically, Eph-. raim signifying the spiritual reality and Manasseh the physical. Here again we find the instance of the younger (spiritual) re- ceiving the blessing of the birthright over the elder (material), for it is recorded that Jacob "wittingly" guided his hands and placed his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, and his left on that of Manasseh when blessing Joseph's children (Gen. 48). Judah represents our ethical and spiritual 64
  63. 63. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES promptingsour wish to do the right and shun the wrongeven though our under- standing of right and wrong be imperfect. David stands for the perfected spiritual understanding in man, or the all conquering kingdom of the Spirit, to which all other powers, mental and physical, must eventually render obedience. He represents the power of the right relation of body, mind and Spirit, his stronghold of defense being the power of sex uplifted. This explains the meaning of the expression, "the key of the house of David "(Is. 22:22). Besides being represented as king, David is also spoken of as shepherd because of his spiritual under- standing of the creative energy (the Christos), which he exemplifies, and which is the power that will, in the end, bring the last wandering sheep back to the Father's fold. In Ezekiel 34:23 we read: "And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd." For this reason any exponent of this whole truth of God concerning the union of Spirit and matter in our bodies, whether Joseph, David or Jesus, is spoken of as the shepherd. 65
  64. 64. THE SEVENTH SEAL This power is also referred to as the stone of stumbling, because of the deep mystery of God which it holds, and over it we continu- ally stumble until we can view it from the spiritual aspect; then the "key of the house of David" unlocks the mystery. We find such reference to Joseph in Gen. 49:22-24: "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him and hated him. But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)" This is the stone which the builders of the temple have always despised. Jesus' refer- ence to this is proof of its application to this interpretation: "Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes ?" What would be marvelous about it in our eyes because it was the Lord's doing, if it were not something that our immature understanding had led us to believe would not be the Lord's doing? 66
  65. 65. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES But this is because the "Judah" in each one of us is the lawgiver first, and when all is said, this is just the way God ordered it. We all have to come through this same ex- perience of shock when this deeper truth of God is borne in upon us. But we are told that Judah and Joseph (or Ephraim, which means the same), are to become one. "Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand" (Eze- kiel 37:16-17). And it is then we can look upon this matter as God sees it. If there still remains a shadow of doubt in anyone's mind as to the accuracy of my premisesthe certainty that by the Holy of Holies with its furnishings, the ark of the covenant, the tabernacle of witness, or merely the tabernacle in some instances, with the associated sacrifices and offerings, are really meant the organs of reproduction, their functions, etc., then I shall be obliged to call 67
  66. 66. THE SEVENTH SEAL his attention to Lev. 15:31-33, where the instance given of the defiling of God's taber- nacle among us is not veiled, and to Is. 57:7, where the prophet has interpreted his own symbol. But let all men beware of thinking as "natural brute beasts" because the most sacred things of God are thus associated with our physical bodies that the physical feature has the same power as the spiritual attitude, and mark well what I say in regard to the right spiritual conditions in the following chapters. It is because we have thought that matter is no part of God, and consequently that it would not be possible for this bodily function to be so closely associated with the Spirit of God, that we have had wrong thoughts about it, and have made it an obstacle to the attain- ment of our highest life in God. On this account we have wanted to be sure that our will to control every part of our bodies would not be enslaved by any desire, and this is right; it is just as God intended it to .be, for in this new understanding of this function the primary emphasis is on perfect control before we are in a position to use it rightly. This control is one of the qualities developed under os
  67. 67. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES the standard of Judah, and we are told in Gen. 49:10, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shioh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." After we have learned control to the point of sacri- ficing anything upon the altar of devotion to our highest ideals of right, then God checks that lesson off, as it were, and goes back to take up another phase of our education to teach us that He is all and in all, and to remove some of the impressions that had to be a little overdrawn in the first place to cause us to get the point intended, and a new lesson is assigned, the idea of which we get from the following references: "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: If then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, 0 priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (An- swer.) Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? (Answer.) In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible" (Mal. 1: 6-7). 69
  68. 68. THE SEVENTH SEAL (In this mention of "the table of the Lord we again find the same thought as that sug- gested by the pot of manna put into the ark of the covenant.) I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacr'i- ficeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; . . Which say (Speaking to God Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day" (Is. 65:2, 3, 5). "Shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no under- standing?" (Is. 29:16). "Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?" (Job 4:17). "Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine 70
  69. 69. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES offerings, and eat it; but the Lord accepteth them not; . . . For Israel hath forgotten his maker and buildeth temples (Hosea 8:11-14). "Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye" (Acts. 7:48-51). "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord" (Is. 55:8). "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Cor. 3: 16-17). But even the Master Himself had to learn this truth concerning the Holy of Holies of this temple of the body ere he realized his full mission. It should be borne in mind that the name of Jesus has a significance 71
  70. 70. THE SEVENTH SEAL similar to the name "Jehovah". My authority for this statement is the late Richard Francis Weymouth, M.A., D.Lit., Fellow of University College (London), Edi- tor of "The Resultant Greek Testament" and author of the "New Testament iii Modem Speech ". I quote from the "New Testament in Modem Speech", p. 4 (Third Edition), Note 4: " . . . The full significance of the name 'Jesus' is seen in the original 'Yeho-Shua', which means 'Jehovah the Saviour', and not merely 'Saviour', as the word is commonly explained." Thus Christ's mission is indicated by the meaning of his name, which we see to be associated with the Holy Name. But we are told that even he was made perfect through sufering, to which there is ample reference; one in the sym- bolical statement in Rev. 11:8. This passage alone should be sufficient to disillusion any who feel they must put a literal interpre- tation upon all parts of the Bible. I repeat that the Bible is an admixture of historical fact with the symbolical teaching of this mystery of the higher truth, which has thus been preserved. This has given the Bible its wide circulation, and will cause it to endure 72
  71. 71. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES through all time. We know Christ was not crucified in Sodom or Egypt, as here stated, except in the sense indicated by these sym- bols. And with these facts accord the words attributed to Jesus, discovered only in recent years: "Let not him who seeks cease until he finds, and when he finds he shall wonder, and wondering he shall reach the Kingdom, and having reached the Kingdom he shall rest." 73
  72. 72. CHAPTER V THE FIRE OF THE LORD To review in brief some of the facts al- ready mentioned, it is as if the soul, as we ordinarily use the term, is but a partial expression of a soul that in the beginning was a complete embodiment of masculine and feminine power, but that the Creative Law, when investing this soul with physical form in which to work out its experiences, gain the mastery over evil (which is equivalent to gaining a right conception of the truth in all its phases), and the capacity for unending happiness, gave portions of the soul separate bodies at an early stage in the evolu- tionary process, endowing both with certain similar capacities and certain complementary ones. The science of zoology supports this opinion in the like development of the physical or- ganism through asexual and hermaphrodite stages toward the separate sexes. In the branch Protozoa we find forms of life that 74
  73. 73. TH FIRE OF THE LORD are asexual and reproduce by fission, budding, etc. In the next higher branchPoriferata- we find in certain varieties of the sponges the appearance of separate male and female re- productive cells, but combined in one body. Ascending through the various orders of the higher branches, we see the male and female cells becoming more distinct in structure; in some cases, as for instance the Portuguese Man-of-War, both pedunculated, yet belong- ing to the one organism, until finally in the still higher branches they appear in separate bodies. I realize the analogy is not complete, as the ascent from the branch Protozoa is more lateral than lineal; that is, the sponge, is a completed animal in its branch, having ad- vanced along a path parallel to, we might say, but not necessarily identical with the animals of the higher branches; the same being true of the Portuguese Man-of War. Neverthe- less, these are examples of forms of animal life still existing, which furnish the clue to the evolutionary trendthe general course over which man has ascended to his higher goal from the particular protoplasmic cell, the quality and nature of which I hold the 75
  74. 74. THE SEVENTH SEAL Creator must have designed to produce a humai being. If any doubt the judgment of the scientist concerning the mute testimony of the past ages regarding the facts of evolution, then let him listen with reason and honesty to the ceaseless repetition of the record of the de- velopment of the human being through lower forms of life and undifferentiated sex, by a living witness whose verity cannot be ques- tionedthe human embryo. But to accept the facts of evolution as true does not neces- sitate the acceptance of the materialistic theory as to the cause of these facts, as seems to be the general impression. It is the erroneous conclusions of physical science, which overlook God as the intelligence back of the evolutionary plan that cause a great many people who have made no particular effort to inform themselves on the subject, to disbelieve actual facts as well as this theory. For most people instinctively feel, and rightly so, that there is something radically wrong with the cheerless doctrine that all life and attainment are the results of the action of mechanical causes upon inert mat- ter. But this mistaken theory, deduced from 76,
  75. 75. THE FIRE OF THE LORD observations which establish the physical facts, comes from not consulting spiritual as well as material evidence as to the meaning of the facts. It is the combined use of reason and intuition that enables us to draw right con- clusions from any given data. The materi- alistic scientist who disregards the voice of intuition is no more to blame, however, than the moralist who disregards the voice of reason. Neither is quite honest. For the moralist to declare that he does not want to be convinced of any given fact lest his faith in God's love and goodness should be shaken, is to admit that he is willing to be hood- winked and live in a fool's paradise. We need never be afraid to have the changeless, eternal truth uncovered, and the greater measure of truth we comprehend, the more plainly do we see the happy goal toward which all things are tending. To fail to listen to intuition, which always associates our existence with a loving Father, is to limit our aspirations and happiness because of the gloomy philosophy deduced from physical facts alone. Likewise, to fail to listen to reason as to the existence of these 77
  76. 76. THE SEVENTH SEAL facts also limits our aspirations and happiness because of the narrowing effect it has upon our outlook upon life, and the check it puts upon advancement and expansion in all directions, due to the failure to believe as possible the developments and attainments foreshadowed in the facts themselves when rightly interpreted as to cause and trend. In regard to the physical form, science tells us that the evolution of our hermaphrodite ancestors resulted in the dual expression of male and female human beings. This being true, we must, in the light of advancing knowledge, also concede a cleavage of the original soul capacity, which wrought the subsequent selection of the distinct mas- culine and feminine reproductive physical substance and forms, by the respective mas- culine and feminine complementary elements of mind and soul. For if the physical forms of our early invertebrate ancestors, and possibly the lowest vertebrate, were hermaph- rodite, and the separation of the sexes took place through division of labor, the con- clusion is unavoidable that when cerbthi physical functions were apportioned for ob- taining better results, the corresponding 78
  77. 77. THE FIRE OF THE LORD psychical elements must also at the same time have been selected from the total by both evolving individuals for performing their particular duties. This at least estab- lishes the reasonableness of a theory which at first thought might seem wholly fanciful or unfounded. And it would seem in the case of the man and woman possessing parts of the same soul, that the power of recognition of each other had been placed so deep within that they are obliged to learn the lessons of life which develop their spiritual senses, and to seek the Spirit within themselves before they can re- gain this power of recognition which was wholly lost to them while living in either the physical or mental state of consciousness. Before they are sttfficiently developed spir itually, they must have a genuine unselfish love for all humanitya love that seeks to serve at every opportunityand before they can know without doubt or misgiving the complement of their own souls, the dross of all impurity of thought must have been purged away to such extent that God can be recognized as all, and all as God. It should be remembered that the principle 79
  78. 78. THE SEVENTH SEAL of sex means more than physical sex organs and passion. The underlying reality which finds ultimate expression in the physical bodies of individuals, is the principle of the positive and negative forces of the Universal Life Energy, which has brought all organized forms into existence from the compounds of mineral atoms to man. This same upward drawing Power which works through every individual life, causing it to evolve from lower to higher physically, mentally and spiritually, is, in the language of Scripture, the Christos; literally, "the anointed": hence one chosen for a special service. After creating and perfecting phys- ical forms of life, its service now is to estab- lish the universal consciousness that God is ONE; that the universal substance is a manifestation of the Absolute as truly as is the Spirit which pervades it; that certain elements of this substance vibrating at a rate sufficiently slow to be perceptible to the physical senses, or what we speak of as physical matter, is also God, and that every natural function of our physical bodies was made to be perfected until God can be glorified through it. This is the Power 80
  79. 79. THE FIRE OF THE LORD which has inspired the spiritual leaders and seers of all ages and nations, which was personified by David and was incarnate in the man Jesus. It is this principle, which was manifested in greater measure in Jesus than in any other, instead of the man Jesus himself, that we should bear in mind to read understandingly either the Old or the New Testament. We know that Jesus did not refer to his own personality when he said, "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." Again, he says plainly, "He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me" (John 12:44). This meaning of the Creative Life Principle, or Christos, is made plain in Micah 5:2: c(But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from ever-fl lasting." This Creative Energy operates through all our talents and capacities, but its stronghold for transforming the matter of which our bodies are composed, and for purifying our 81
  80. 80. THE SEVENTH SEAL minds from misconceptions of the truth in regard to all of God's universe is the sex power in its twofold physical and spiritual significance, enabling us at length to see that all is God. The working of the Christos through the sex centers on the substance which constitutes our material bodies is the fire of the Lord, so often mentioned in the Bible. This is the import of John's state- ment that Christ would baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire; that is with such power of spiritual discernment as enables one to see the Father in all his work, even in this effect upon our physical bodies, which it becomes very evident upon study, means a combination of electrical and spiritual power so closely united as to be inseparable. Our attention is first called to this fact by the allegorical account of Moses' face shining when he comes down from the mount, and the many references to thunder and lightning about the mount, which holy mountain also refers to the place of the sanctuary. This evidence of the presence of electricity is supplemented by the record of Ezekiel's vision in the first chapter of Ezekiel. To better understand the strange imagery 82
  81. 81. THE FIRE OF THE LORD of this chapter, which is a setting forth of the most sacred and profound truths of God's creation, let us note first the meaning of some of the symbols employed as they are com- monly used throughout the Bible. Pure Spirit is represented by light, the color white and wind. The action of Spirit on matter is represented by fire. Ezekiel mentions the fact that the whirlwind came out of the north. This is significant because the names of the four directions have weighty meanings in symbolical language, as do the signs of the Zodiac, as anciently associated with familiar facts of life. The north, which is associated with the sign of the Bull (or ox), champions the working out of spiritual conceptions in matter, hence the bodily union of man and woman. Without the qualities symbolized by this sign we should be impractical, incapable of accomplishing things in the material world. In its lower aspect (separated from its spirit- ual reality, for this alone is what constitutes the lower aspect of any capacity of mind or body), it genders anger, strife and lust; up- lifted through spiritual discernment, it begets strength and pure, ardent love and becomes the chief avenue for the action of the Christos 83
  82. 82. THE SEVENTH SEAL on the substance of our bodiesthe means of their further evolution toward refinement, rarification and eternal existence, through transformation. The East, associated with Scorpio, and the Eagle (which means Scorpio uplifted), cham- pions the soul union of man and woman in a love by which they are made one through the Christ consciousness, whereby the sex force is discovered to be what it is in its spiritual reality,, and thus becomes uplifted. The South, associated with the man, or angel, champions the kindly, passionless mother love that enfolds all the world in its yearning sympathy. The West, associated with the Lion, cham- pions integrity, uprightness, and high pur- pose, with a suggestion of severity in its devotion to duty. From an abnormal de- velopment of these qualities by themselves we should get narrow mindedness, religious intolerance, etc., but rightly balanced, are summed up in purity and moral courage. Now the qualities of no one of these signs are sufficient of themselves. The Creator did not intend it to be so, and the reign of the "kings" mentioned by Daniel, which 84
  83. 83. THE FIRE OF THE LORD come forth in solitary power from any of these directions, is characterized by evil. It requires the blending of all four into one for the desired resultantthe high spiritual understanding that puts the proper value upon matter, sees it as a worthy servantthe medium for the expression of the life of the Spiritand by this understanding and use of it, transforms and spiritualizes matter itself. Returning again to the first appearance of the vision, our attention is called to the action of Spirit on matter by the presence of the whirlwind and the fire. The significance of the whirlwind's coming from the north has been explained. From the description of the living creatures we see (verse 7) that their feet resembled calves' feet (in significance those of the ox), and that they sparkled like the color of burnished brass. By verse 10 we learn that they all had four faces (powers of recognition)the face of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. It would take us too far afield to speak here of every minute detail men- tioned, which in interpreting symbols must not be overlooked, but as an example, notice the position of those four faces. The faces of 85
  84. 84. THE SEVENTH SEAL the man and the lion were on the riaght side, and the face of the ox on the left side. He does not definitely locate the face of the eagle. This is also significant as we shall presently see. How odd they must have looked! Their delineation would rival a spec- imen of futurist art; but it must be borne in mind that the "living creatures" were just an assemblage of symbolical entities to indi- cate the qualities necessary to produce the super-man, who will be aware of and able to appropriate his inherent power of endless life. We have already called attention to the meaning and position of the four faces; but what is the force of the fact that the faces of the man and the lion were on the right side? The right side symbolizes the initiative power of pure Spirit, while the left represents the stabilizing power of matter, which together show forth the complete being of God (the Absolute, who manifests as both Spirit and matter as we ordinarily use the terms) in the proper union of Spirit and matter. Notice that the qualities of the man and the lion are those of the soul and Spirit only, while those of the ox have to do with matter, hence that face is on the left side. It is of singular 86
  85. 85. THE FIRE OF THE LORD interest 'that he does not tell us where the face of the eagle is. It would not be con- sistent for it to be on either the exact right or left, for while the capacity symbolized by the eagle has to do with matter in the sense of discovering its rightful place and lifting it up, it is a quality of soul or Spirit that is above and independent of matter in its initiative action. To go back a little, why was the preference given to the ox that there should be both a face and feet of this type? Because among the divine realities of existence which are focused in and expressed through the phys- ical body of man, the feet represent the understanding, in the sense of a correct mental comprehension, the hearing repre- senting spiritual perception. This explains the meaning of Jesus' act in washing the disciples' feetcleansing the understanding. And before man can become anything more than he now is, it is necessary to have a better understanding in regard to the qual- ities indicated by the sign of the ox, which have been stated in connection with the meaning of the directions, as we already possess a clearer understanding of the value 87
  86. 86. THE SEVENTH SEAL of the capacities indicated by the other signs than we have had of this. The fact that they were the feet of a young animal shows that it was the most recently acquired knowledge, or the last necessary to begin the perfecting of man. The significance of the fact that they sparkled like burnished brass is in the particular kind of metal mentioned. The language of symbolism is marvelously concise and expressive, and we may look for special meanings in seemingly trivial details. Why were the feet of brass instead of gold or silver, for instance? In the analysis of the facts in regard to this point we again find reference to electricity, for brass, as we know, is an alloy of copper and zincthe metals used to generate electricity in a simple cell. Bear in mind that the knowledge possessed by certain of the ancients, concerning the hidden forces and laws of Nature will afford work of investigation for modern science for some time to come. The brass feet, therefore, indicate that it is necessary that we uider- stand the scientific and physiological purpose and explanation of the law of physical union championed by the ox, and that its nature and possibilities are electr'ical. 88
  87. 87. THE FIRE OF THE LORD Coming to verses 13 and 14, we again find this repeated mention of lightning, further emphasizing the presence of electricity in connection with this fire of the Lord. The truth that furnishes the key to the higher evolution of the race is contained in verses 16-21 of this chapter, and in verses 9-17 of the 10th chapter, referring to the movements of the living creatures. In the 10th chapter, Ezekiel relates having seen the same vision as the one described with the exception that the face of the cherub was seen instead of the face of the ox. He takes particular care to tell us that it is identically the same living creature, and the presence of the cherub (equivalent to the cherubim) is wholly con- sistent. Please read both chapters carefully. In regard to the figure of the wheel so often referred to, this word "wheel" is trans- lated elsewhere in the margin as "whirling dust ". Here again we find the same idea as expressed by the whirlwind and the fire, mentioned in the 4th verse of the 1st chapter the action of Spirit (symbolized by the wind), on matter, for he tells us the appear- ance of the wheel was like unto the color of a beryl. Now a beryl may be either green or 89
  88. 88. THE SEVENTH SEAL yellow, but evidently the yellow (flame- colored) beryl is meant here. Now look at the 13th verse of the 10th chapter: "As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, 0 wheel." For the wheel to be thus addressed suggests the presence of a living intelligence, indicating that the very Spirit of Life Itself is inseparably connecled with this action of the Spirit on matter, which is apparently just what the prophet is trying to impress upon us when he recounts in so many ways the movements of the creatures: "And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. When those went, these went; when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels" (Ezek. 1:19-21). What does this portrayal of the inseparable union of the Spirit of Life with material sub- 90
  89. 89. THE FIRE OF THE LORD stance, so many times reiterated, signify, if not that in the manifestation of the Universal Life Energy next beyond or within electricity, we contact the very Spirit of Life Itself in connection with this electrical fire of the Lord? The saying has been attributed to Mr. Edison that we might as well spell electricity "G-O-D ", and we see how closely he has approached to the truth, for I firmly believe that all this is to teach us that it is a combination of elecfrical and sp'i ritual power, functioning through the uplifted sex force of soul complements that is to be the means whereby we shall be liberated from the grosser material of which our bodies are com- posed, and gradually acquire the more etherial quality of body that can receive from the air the nourishment necessary for its sustenance. "PUT OFF THY SHOES FROM OFF THY FEET FOR THE PLACE WHEREON THOU STANDEST IS HOLY GROUND." The question naturally arises that if this be true of one man and woman, why not true of any man and woman joined in legal wed- lock? Because, in the first place, this is unquestionably the information intended to 91
  90. 90. THE SEVENTH SEAL be given by the symbol of Aaron's rod bud- ding, and its having the power to remove the murmurings of the children of Israel (the impotence of the capacities or the powers of man, which take rise from his ideas or under- standing of the truththe facts concerning all life) that they die not, and the emphasis laid on the fact that the stranger that came nigh was to be put to death. But independ- ently of this, by this new understanding there is found to be present in the love rela- tion of true spiritual mates, an element of sacredness and worship which I believe you will agree with me is anything but commonly experienced. The chastening that the soul has received before it is able to find its mate, and the rest found in the union with the other soul through the Christ consciousness, pro- duces a quality of love that can exist only between two such individuals, and is neces- sary as the magnet to attract the current of electrical and spiritual force, which alone possesses transforming power. In this, as everywhere throughout the universe, the spiritual and physical are related, therefore, the right spiritual conditions are necessary before the right physical conditions can exist. 92
  91. 91. THE FIRE OF THE LORD An interesting example of this inter-relation of the elements of the universal substance with spiritual realities, and the constancy of this relation in all modes of expression is brought to our attention in this connection. For instance, we are told that the solar ray corresponding to the planet Mars is red, and its metal, iron; and in this further example we find the color red associated with the metal iron. Red is the color corresponding to the qualities typified by the sign of the Bull (or ox), which in their higher aspects as seen to be strength, and pure ardent love. These qualities, Ezekiel, in calling attention to the ox in his description of the "living creatures" shows us to be necessary to produce the super-man, whose possibilities are seen, through the meaning of the Holy Name, to be evolved from his present limited life only as he attains a right understanding of the sex capacity, the physical power of which is indicated by the different references to lightning, to be electrical, and in this way iron is again associated with the color red through the qualities symbolized by this color; for we know that a soft iron core (or something that has been charged with the 93